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Re: ebay sends passwords in the clear
From: abennett () CRUZIO COM (Andrew Bennett)
Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 02:00:04 -0800

At 11:03 AM 2/16/00 -0800, rfromm () cs berkeley eduwrote:
I've been trying to get ebay to do something about this for a month and a
half, to no avail.  See http://avocado.dhs.org/ebpd/ for details, including an
ebay password sniffer.

I noticed that ebay has a link on their Sign In feature page to sign in via
SSL.  It's not the most obvious link.  An easy way to get there:

- when prompted for your id/password, below the box, click the Sign In link
- when prompted again for your id/password, below the box, click the 'here'

Of course, take note of the cookie that they will place on your
computer.  You'll have to close your browser, or it will expire in 40
minutes of inactivity, whichever comes first, according to the web page.

Couple this with the 'my ebay' preferences as to what activities you want
your password remembered, one might only have to enter their password once,
during the SSL session where the cookie gets set.


   Andrew Bennett
   abennett () cruzio com

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